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An Amazing 18th Century-Inspired Rolls-Royce

 The famed Bonhams auction house of London will soon see one of the most famous Rolls-Royces ever built roll across its auction block. This beautiful Phantom One has an interior inspired by 18th-Century France, and is simply one of the most lavish interiors ever put into a car. Its unbelievable uniqueness deserves to be seen by the world, so here is this spectacular one-off in all its glory:
 
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This unique Rolls-Royce Phantom I was built in 1926 for American businessman, Clarence Gasque.
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It was a gift for his wife, Maude.
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Maude Gasque was a British retail chain heiress who had a penchant for 18th Century French history and design.
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As a result, Mr. Gasque commissioned the car with a French-themed interior.
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He did not set a budget limit for Rolls-Royce to stick to.
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The interior was entrusted to coachbuilders Charles Clark and Sons, of Wolverhampton, UK.
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A Marie Antoinette sedan chair that the owner saw in a museum provided much inspiration for their work.
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The spectacular result is more akin to the throne room in the Palace of Versailles than a car’s interior.
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On delivery, the car cost $8,000, with the interior accounting for $5,500 of the total amount.
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Converted into today’s money, the purchase price was over $430,000, while the interior alone was $300,000.
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Details include a tapestry that took the craftsmen of Aubusson in France some nine months to make.
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Naked cherubs appear in painted scenes throughout the interior, and as lighting supports in the rear corners.
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A bow-fronted drinks cabinet, resembling an antique commode or chiffonier, also features.
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A small French ormolu clock, together with two French porcelain vases, can also be seen to the left.
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Sadly, Clarence passed away just two years after giving this lavish gift to his wife.
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Maude kept the car until 1952, when she sold it to a Rolls-Royce collector.
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It has since been part of collections in both Japan and the USA prior to returning to the UK thanks to its most recent owner.
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The Phantom of Love, as it is known, is up for auction at Bonhams of London on December 4th.
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